SIX BULLS-The Ohioans

Richard Puz

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American heroes . . . self-reliant . . . believing in themselves . . . torn by events . . . and guided by faith.

What if everything you owned and loved was on log rafts traveling 2,000 miles on the big American rivers to the frontier? Follow four families as they confront dangers, thrills, tragedies, and conflicting emotions during the 1830s.

This book magically weaves together a warmhearted story with historical events as pioneers carve out new lives on the prairie. Meet Captain Renke Vogel and Andres Sommer. One is strong and adventurous; the other is dependable and thoughtful. One is embittered by Indian atrocities; the other is a man of values. From Indian hater to defender, Captain Vogel's transformation is marked by confrontations with enemies and friends . . . and himself.

Sail with them along the fast moving rivers from Ohio to Missouri as they encounter new wonders set against the backdrop of President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act.

From the Publisher: Oh, Pioneers! New Novel Follows Families' Journey of Courage to 1830s American Frontier

A new book from author Richard Puz, "The Ohioans," brilliantly captures the essence of America's pioneer experience in the 1830s.

In a time of tremendous American growth, transformation and exploration, they led the way--literally. Now, a new book from Outskirts Press author Richard Puz brings readers along for the ride as a group of pioneers carve out new lives for themselves on the 1830s American prairie, revealing in the process the roots of a nation's greatness and its darkest shame.

"The Ohioans," is the first entry in the Six Bulls series. It weaves a warmhearted story with historical events for an engrossing tale that provides an up-close look at the hopes, struggles, prejudices and triumphs of a generation.

The novel follows the families of Captain Renke Vogel and Andres Sommer as they travel along the fast-moving rivers from Ohio to Missouri seeking a better life. Both main characters illustrate the diverse reasons that compelled thousands of similar treks west: Just returned from the Black Hawk War, Vogel loves raising horses but finds farming repetitive and better left to his sons. He yearns for new adventures on the American frontier. Fellow farmer Sommer is frugal and thoughtful, but contracts the pioneer bug from stories about the frontier and the prospect of ample farmland.

Whetting their appetites for adventure is Big Jen, the sidekick of Daniel Boone. He spent seventeen years living with the Osage Indians in southwest Missouri, and spins yarns of the Six Bulls country, with its prairie grass as high as a horse's eye, abundant game, and sweet flowing waters.

On log rafts that take the families from Ohio to the Missouri frontier, their courageous journey will bring them face-to-face with the new-fangled steamboats and the awe-inspiring Ohio and Mississippi Riversas well as tragedy and the bravery that gets them through it.

In a rich prose that deftly evokes the time period and characters' individual social and geographic backgrounds, Puz also explores the complex emotions that swirl around American and Indian relations. Set against the backdrop of President Andrew Jackson's 1830 Indian Removal Act, the novel examines the clash of cultures through Captain Vogel's struggle to reconcile Indian atrocities he witnessed as a boy with the brave actions of an Indian boy who saves his life. What emerges sheds light on a period that transformed America through these heroes' self-reliance, courage, and faith.

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Title: SIX BULLS-The Ohioans
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: Hardcover
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